Last weekend was my wife’s birthday. I started a cute little tradition four years ago of making her a card with my bare hands. I love it. And she does too. I would like to show you what I did this year.
Back in January, my wife and I left LA and moved to San Francisco. So for this year’s bday card I wanted to make use of this new city that we’re in. I also wanted to experiment with the Instax 210, by placing pieces of the letter throughout the city and taking pics of them.
What I love about the Instax is that it’s not forgiving. When you take terrible shot after terrible shot, you wonder if it’s the camera that sucks, or you. In my case, it’s mostly me. I love it cuz it forces me to be intentional and careful and risky. Which is something I never feel when I use an iPhone.
Overall I thought this card turned out ok. It’s like a 7.5/10, I told you that the Instax is absolutely brutal. At least I learned lots in the process. Here’s the “card” that I gave to my wife. I intentionally blurred out the letter cuz it’s mushy and for her eyes only.
Want to see all my eff-ups? Every time one of these exposed to be a big loser I felt pain in my heart. I seriously wanted to keep shooting until each shot was perfect, but each exposure is like $0.75, so I guess my digital wallet felt pain too.
I could list plenty of excuses why I could never get it just right. The biggest reason rests in the camera itself. I find it very difficult to get the viewfinder to be true to what the camera lens is seeing. The viewfinder is in an awkward place. If you ever get your hands on one, you’ll understand. With that aside, this birthday card was really fun to make. Seeing the dreamy smile on my wife’s face made everything worth it.